(Solar Homestead at Night)
(Asheville, NC) September 14, 2012—Deltec Homes, Asheville, NC-based leading builder of round, high-wind resistant homes for over forty years, has signed an agreement with Appalachian State University (ASU) to market and manufacture The Solar Homestead, a net-zero energy home designed by students and professors at ASU and winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. Through the agreement with Appalachian, Deltec Homes will pay royalties that support the Department of Technology and Environmental Design’s next large-scale, sustainable design-build project and other research and creative activities at the university.
Steve Linton, President of Deltec Homes, states, “The collaboration between ASU and Deltec Homes has been truly inspiring. We have all pushed our limits, gained knowledge, and developed a relationship that provides in-depth experience for the students and a design that has a profound impact on the future of homebuilding—a home that produces as much energy as it consumes.”
Deltec was a lead contributor to ASU's Solar Homestead project, providing the student-led team with hands-on experience constructing wall panels and roof systems, as well as working collaboratively with them on the engineering aspects of the project.
The Solar Homestead is a self-sustaining, net-zero energy house inspired by the traditional homesteads of early mountain settlers. The homestead utilizes a highly energy-efficient building envelope, incorporating renewable resources and innovative technology into a prototype that is adaptable, self-sufficient, affordable and attractive. The home features a 2 or 3 bedroom floor plan and additional outbuilding modules ("OMs") for additional living and storage space, arranged according to your needs. Chad Everhart, Associate Professor, ASU Department of Technology and Environmental Design, says confidently, “The Solar Homestead is a house people can grow into, and add on to at a later date.”
Jamie Russell, Assistant Professor, Department of Technology and Environmental Design, Appalachian State University, maintains “This is a great example of our department working with local industry to bring sustainable solutions to the people of North Carolina and beyond. It is a great step forward, bringing energy efficient housing to a large consumer base.” Adds Russell, “The licensing agreement also validates the many hours of dedication and hard work of students and faculty that went into The Solar Homestead project.”
The project now moves out of the classroom and into the real world—interest in The Solar Homestead is high among Deltec homebuilders who want to dramatically reduce their impact on the environment while living in a cutting-edge home. Says Linton, “We are proud to offer the new Solar Homestead nationally as a panelized building shell, or turn-keyed locally through Deltec Building Company.”